And the angel of the Lord spake and said,
Thou shalt keep the classes separate,
and separate shall ye keep them,
each abiding in their own portion of the house,
upstairs and downstairs,
and keeping to their own tasks.
And by the labor of their hands shall ye know them.
And each shall keep to the traditions of their fathers
and to the law of the Lord,
as I have given it to you.
Or lap, as shown here, in the case of poor Mr. Denton in Gosford Park who dared to cross the line between the classes.
Gosford Park is a visually luscious movie that combines three of my favorite things: Robert Altman, murder mysteries, and British period pieces showing the lifestyles of the rich.